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After Dozens Are Hurt on Rocky Hawaiian Airlines Flight, Terrifying Footage Is Released

By 12/19/2022 12:57 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Many holiday travelers were on a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu when it met significant turbulence just before landing, sending some unrestrained individuals and objects flying about the cabin and badly injuring 11 people, according to officials and other passengers.

According to Jim Ireland, director of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services, 36 passengers were treated for knocks, bruises, cuts, and nausea after the tumultuous Hawaiian Airlines trip on Sunday. Twenty persons were sent to hospitals, with 11 in critical condition.

“We feel lucky that there were no fatalities or other serious injuries, and we are also highly delighted about that.

Additionally, we have high hopes that everyone will recover completely, stated Ireland.

Nearly 300 people were on board the flight, and many were going to Hawaii for the holidays, including Jacie Hayata Ano, who was returning home.

She told KHON-TV, “It was really rocky.” “And then, it swiftly increased to the point where we were shaking so badly that we were practically floating out of our chairs,” the author continued.

According to Hawaiian Airlines Chief Operating Officer Jon Snook, such turbulence is rare and exceptional; he noted that the carrier has not recently encountered anything like this. He claimed that among the hurt were three flight attendants.

According to traveler Kaylee Reyes of Hawaii News Now, her mother had barely sat down when the turbulence struck and had no time to fasten her seatbelt.

There were two altitude drops, one of which, according to Jazmin Bitanga, who was also flying home for the holidays, was so severe that it knocked her boyfriend’s water bottle into the aircraft’s roof.

She told Hawaii News Now, “I turned back, and a couple of people were bleeding and just bracing themselves. “People were crying just about wherever I looked.”

According to Snook, the aircraft suffered some internal damage during the turbulence.

Even though some of the injured weren’t wearing seat belts, he claimed the tighten seat belts sign was on at the time.

There had been a weather advisory for thunderstorms that spanned Oahu and regions that would have included the flight path at the time of the turbulence, according to Thomas Vaughan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Despite being aware of the weather forecast, the unstable air, and the weather, the airline was not informed that the specific air patch where the turbulence occurred “was in any way problematic,” according to Snook.

He said the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate how much altitude the plane lost during the turbulence.

He indicated that information would be available from the aircraft’s flight recorder.

He added that the probe would specifically cover what the passengers and staff were doing at the time.

After the turbulence, the Airbus A330-200 started to descend, and the crew immediately declared an emergency due to many injuries on board, he said.

The flight was given priority to land by the air traffic controllers.

According to Snook, the plane will have a full inspection and maintenance, largely to fix cabin-related parts.

Based on the injuries and the damage to the cabin paneling, Snook said he could only guess whether some passengers struck their heads.

According to Snook, the injuries happen because those not wearing seat belts stay still as the plane crashes.

The investigation will look at if any more steps were made to make sure passengers were wearing seat belts in addition to turning on the fasten seat belt sign, he said.

A 2019 Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney that encountered severe turbulence two hours past Hawaii resulted in injuries to 37 passengers and members of the flight crew.

The injured were treated in Honolulu as the Boeing 777-200 was diverted there. Nine persons had severe injuries, and thirty people were sent to hospitals.

A 2017 American Airlines aircraft from Athens encountered strong turbulence along the New York coastline while flying over the Atlantic. three passengers and seven crew members were injured.

Turbulence is typically associated with powerful storms. Nevertheless, so-called clear-air turbulence is the most hazardous kind.

Due to changes in temperature and pressure, the wind-shear phenomenon can happen in clear air near thunderstorms and wispy cirrus clouds.

Clear-air turbulence can strike a plane without prior notice.

 

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